11 | 23 | 2015
In recent days a meeting was held in Venice between Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations - Habitat III, Richard Burdett, Director Urban Age, London School of Economics, and the President of La Biennale Paolo Baratta.
Based on the discussions and the agreements reached, La Biennale di Venezia has explored the possibility of integrating the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, curated by Alejandro Aravena, throughout its duration (28th May – 23rd November 2016) with a Pavilion dedicated to the relationship between private and public space in the requalification of the cities, in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development - Habitat III and the London School of Economics - Urban Age.
The United Nations – Habitat III World Conference, that will be held in Quito in Ecuador, might host in its turn a similar Pavilion during the days of the World Conference (17th > 20th October 2016). The Pavilion, both in Venice and in Quito, would be curated by Richard Burdett, Director Urban Age of the London School of Economics.
La Biennale di Venezia, moreover, might host a two days conference of the London School of Economics - Urban Age - Governance/Design and Public/private space - in the context of the architecture weekends, that will be organized in Venice throughout the duration of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
In its turn, the United Nations – Habitat III World Conference will invite the London School of Economics - Urban Age to organize a session on the same subject in Quito, as part of its own agenda.
Paolo Baratta, President of La Biennale di Venezia, by thanking the United Nations – Habitat III and the London School of Economics, highlights how the initiative of the three institutions improves the values of each one of them.
All the initiatives described above are in line with the topics of the Biennale Architettura 2016 and with the issues addressed by the United Nations Conference – Habitat III, which is aimed to reinvigorate the commitment of national governments to sustainable urbanization. Within the context of the next year’s theme of La Biennale, the Pavilion Habitat III will approach the urbanization issue, with particular attention to the relationship between public and private spaces, and therefore also to conflicting tensions between public and private interests related to urban spaces, both in the cases of the phenomena of urbanization in conditions of low and/or new development, and also in the cases of urban requalification in more mature situations that require interventions for new and diverse developments.